Dedicated to the public in 2013, Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park reflects the power of the Missouri River and mirrors the strength and grace of the adjacent Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. We joined with 600 private donors, the City of Council Bluffs and the Iowa West Foundation to fund this project.
Carved from the river’s riparian woodlands, the park’s award-winning design creates a simple yet grand pubic space. And the Park offers something unique for everyone. The Great Lawn is a perfect space for large events. To showcase the Park, thousands gathered to celebrate its opening, which featured the Beach Boys, Omaha Symphony and Fireworks.
The Park’s Grand Stairway is a popular resting place for trail users, enjoying the view of Omaha’s sky line and smaller events. The tree lined perimeters of the park are perfect for walking, resting and people watching.
The Park’s design included areas for public art and, in 2014, it became home to Big Mo. This 75 foot tall steel sculpture was designed by internationally recognized artist Mark di Suvero.
The Park attracted other elements to the Riverfront. Its completion, coupled with the popularity of the adjacent Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, attracted private development. As a result, the Council Bluffs Riverfront now offers apartments, condos, shops, an office complex and a parking garage.
Project Partners: The City of Council Bluffs, the Iowa West Foundation, State of Iowa, 600 Individual Private Donors.
Estimated Financial Support: Back to the River – $100,000
Estimated Total Project Cost: $11,000,000